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    Vassar College
  Jan 18, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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EDUC 285 - Hello, Dear Enemy: Mounting an Exhibition of Picture Books on Experiences of War and Displacement

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as INTL 285 ) At a time when the world is witnessing the largest displacement of people since WWII, due in significant measure to armed conflict, this course examines select case studies (both past and present) of armed conflict and their consequences for children. Authors and illustrators of children’s books have done much to raise awareness about these issues, and to treat them in such a way that young readers and listeners develop understanding, empathy, and solidarity without being (re-) traumatized.  A principal aim of the course is to study the extensive domestic and international children’s literature devoted to the topic of war and displacement (both classic and contemporary works), and to mount an exhibition at Vassar of picture books and posters that can also travel to area schools and libraries, where Vassar students will serve as docents. Our work is enriched by study of human rights statutes and policy pertaining to children affected by armed conflict, as well as by interaction with visiting artists and guest speakers. Tracey Holland.

Two 75-minute periods.

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